In honor of the 2020 Census, Together Oklahoma is hosting a Virtual Census Launch Party on Friday, April 3. The day kicks off with a Virtual Coffee with community partners at 10 a.m. hosted by Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk, Census Community Builder with Together Oklahoma. Other programming during the day includes a Zumba hour with Tashia Cheves at 5 p.m. and a combo Live Art/DJ Set with Emcee One and Pawnee/Yakama artist Bunky Echo-Hawk at 6 p.m.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The Census is held every 10 years as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The official Census Day was April 1, but the Census can be completed online, by phone or by mail at any time during the next few weeks. Census field workers are expected to be following up with those households who have not responded through the end of summer.
Together Oklahoma, which is the advocacy program for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, moved its activities to the virtual space due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Look for other activities coming in the future.
Our group became involved with the 2020 Census because it so vitally important to our communities and state. This confidential survey determines how to distribute an annual amount of more than $800 billion in federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments.Information gathered during the Census makes an impact to the everyday lives of all Oklahoma residents. Policy makers, researchers, community organizations, city planners, businesses, analysts, and marketers are among many who utilize this data to determine decisions about development of social service programs and community action projects. Estimates show that each person not counted in the census costs the state about $1,800 per year in lost federal funding. This has severe consequences for children who are the most undercounted group in the census as each young child missed in the 2020 census will be in middle or high school by the time that mistake can be corrected in 2030.
To learn about upcoming events, sign up here to receive e-mail updates or follow Together Oklahoma on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about this event, contact Kyle Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk at email@example.com.